Thursday, February 28, 2008

Synergy I- Moving Forward Looking Back

Synergy passed in a flash! I'm moving forward but want to look back. Where did those 4 days go? It seems like I was just packing for the trip and I'm home already. The National Polymer Clay Guild held a top notch conference. The convention center is spectacular. The open areas were large enough that you never felt crammed or crowded. The convention center even had a Starbucks, so we could get our coffee fix in the morning. The Tremont Plaza hotel was approximately a half mile away from the convention center but so elegant that it made up for the distance. A big perk of attending Synergy was that it coincided with the American Craft Council show. The artists exhibiting were the best of the best.

Over the three days, there were speeches, panel discussions and classes covering an array of topics. The speeches from Kathleen Dustin and Cynthia Tinapple were my favorite. Cynthia talked in a soft tone and gave an elegant speech, talk about class. She talked about the future, where Kathleen talked about the pioneers of polymer. I've been inspired from previous conferences but Synergy got you thinking about art in a deeper more personal way. Create and be true to yourself. If you were looking to learn new techniques, you wouldn't find them at Synergy.

When I have a moment I'll post pictures of my purchases from the amazing artists in the Synergy Gallery and ACC show.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Photos of Pens

Here are some of my favorite pens that I've made over the last few weeks.